Ireland’s Michael Conlan has announced that he has hooked up with a new trainer, one who is based much closer to home.
Conlan signed with Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotional outfit a few months after his controversial exit from the Rio Olympic games in 2016 and subsequently relocated from Belfast to Los Angeles, California to train with the highly-regarded Manny Robles at ‘The Rock Gym’. Under the guidance of Robles, he has made a smooth start to his promising pro career, notching five straight wins, four inside the distance, since debuting amidst a sea of green inside The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York last St. Patrick’s Day.
Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, however, Conlan revealed that he will be working with the London-based Adam Booth going forward.
“It’s a pleasure to announce that I will now be trained by [Adam Booth],” wrote Conlan alongside a picture of he and Booth. “Looking forward to a great journey together towards world titles! #TheConlanRevolution.”
— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) January 24, 2018
Booth, one of the UK’s top trainers, rose to prominence as David Haye’s mentor. Under Booth, ‘The Hayemaker’ won the lineal cruiserweight title in 2007 and the WBA heavyweight title in 2009. Booth has since guided Irish fighters Andy Lee and Ryan Burnett to world title glory, and he has also worked with the likes of George Groves, Chris Eubank Jr. and Billy Joe Saunders in recent years.
In his most recent outing, on the undercard of the massive super-featherweight showdown between Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux in December, Conlan entered the most polished performance of his career thus far when he comfortably outpointed Luis Fernando Molina over six rounds, once again at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
The former world amateur champion’s next fight will see him return to that very same venue on the anniversary of his pro debut, St. Patrick’s Day, but his opponent has yet to be announced.